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Submission + - SPAM: NASA probe blasts 461 gigabytes of moon data daily 1

coondoggie writes: "On its current space scouting mission, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is using a pumped up communications device to deliver 461 gigabytes of data and images per day, at a rate of up to 100 Mbps. As the first high data rate K-band transmitter to fly on a NASA spacecraft, the 13-inch-long tube, called a Traveling Wave Tube Amplifier, is making it possible for NASA scientists to receive massive amounts of images and data about the moon's surface and environment. The amplifier was built by L-3 Communications Electron Technologies in conjunction with NASA's Glenn Research Center. The device uses electrodes in a vacuum tube to amplify microwave signals to high power. It's ideal for sending large amounts of data over a long distance because it provides more power and more efficiency than its alternative, the transistor amplifier, NASA stated. [spam URL stripped]"
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NASA probe blasts 461 gigabytes of moon data daily

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  • High tech devices will rule forever ... (or until they get replaced with things rendered "obsolete" )

    on a more serious note, its good to see that long range wireless communication is doable, normally SNR problems preclude such things. I wonder how long it would be before the probe stops generating new infomation -- i'm sure that it wouldn't take all that long to image the entire moon surface.

    (and wow, my first first post)

Think of it! With VLSI we can pack 100 ENIACs in 1 sq. cm.!